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Roast Chicken with Lemon & Rosemary

One of my wife’s favorite Sunday dinners is roast chicken, and as I’m quite fond of them too, I’m probably roasting a bird a least one a month.  I think roasting them whole is the best way to highlight the natural flavor of chicken, but also enables you to add little twists through the addition of herbs, spices, vegetables and other ingredients.

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Chicken Brine

Whenever I cook a whole chicken, or really just about any chicken on the bone, I like to brine the chicken.  Brines, really just a mixture of water, sugar and salt, are a great way to add additional moisture and flavor to meat like chicken.  They also work really well with pork, and you can find a similar pork brine here.  In

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Asparagus Mushroom Mac 'n Cheese

Mac ‘n cheese is one of the my favorite comfort foods/side dishes (although it’s pretty good as a main course too…).  One of things I love is that you can add a ton of different ingredients to make different version….from the very exotic to the most simple.  In this recipe video, I make an Asparagus and Mushroom Mac ‘n Cheese with penne pasta, that I served with a roasted chicken. 

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Potatoes Lyonnaise

I think I was about 13 years old, watching the movie Midnight Run when I first heard Charles Grodin mention Potatoes Lyonnaise.  I remember thinking that they sounded pretty damn good…and for some reason that memory stuck with.  It was years before I actually had potatoes lyonnaise, but once I did, I understand the famished Grodin’s desire.  I

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Spaghetti Pesto

Spaghetti pesto is a simple, beautiful and easy to make pasta dish.  Other than the pasta itself, there is almost no cooking involved, and the simple ingredients come together to make a pasta sauce that is packed full of flavor, is well balance, and is clean and elegant.  The dish is great for guests, because not only does it tend to impress, but it's really simple to make, and much of the work

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How to Toast Almonds

Toast just about any nut, and you bring out the natural flavors and make the taste more intense.  In this cooking video, I show you how to toast almonds.  It’s a very simple technique, but sometimes the simplest things can add the touches that make a good dish, outstanding.  I won’t toast nuts every time I use them, but if I want to ensure a stronger flavor and a nice crunchy texture, this is t

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How to Zest a Lemon

Citrus zest is one of the most under used and under appreciated food items in the home cook’s repertoire.  The zest contains a tremendous amount of essential oils and is very aromatic. A surprisingly small amount can really add a good amount of flavor to a dish.

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Fettucini with Shrimp and Tarragon

I love to make seafood pastas because they are easy, filling and taste great – when made with the right techniques of course.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make a fettucini dish with shrimp and tarragon.  Tarragon is a natural match with shellfish, and has a unique anise flavor.  Combined with some nicely seared and seasoned shrimp, a bit of garlic, onion and roasted red

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Basil Pesto with Almonds

With a little practice anybody can make a simple pesto in about 15 minutes.  It’s one of my favorite things to make because there are only a few ingredients, essentially no cooking, yet it tastes and looks phenomenal.  Once you have the basic basil pesto recipe down pat,  you can also start experimenting with other ingredients…like in this case swapping out the more traditional pine nuts for al

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